This is the blog/website of Dr Evan Smith. From December 2012, I am a Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of International Studies at Flinders University, South Australia. I have previously held research positions at the Australian Institute of Criminology and the South Australian Office of Crime Statistics and Research. Prior to my recent appointment, I was an Adjunct Lecturer with the School of Law at Flinders University.

I have a PhD in History on the Communist Party of Great Britain and anti-racist politics in the post-war period from the Department of History at Flinders University. I am currently undertaking research on British immigration control and the processing of migrant women with Dr Marinella Marmo from the School of Law at Flinders. I have published widely on British leftist politics, anti-racism in Britain and the British immigration control system.

My research with Dr Marmo on ‘virginity testing’ has been mentioned in The Guardian, The Independent (UK), the Daily Telegraph, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Times of India, the New Zealand Herald and other newspapers worldwide, as well as websites, such the Huffington Post.

For 2009-2010, I was a Fellow with the Australian Prime Ministers Centre at Old Parliament House and the Museum of Australian Democracy in Canberra. My research project has been looking at how the Australian Government has viewed and reacted to protest in Canberra since the 1970s.

In October 2011 I was awarded the inaugural David Phillips Travelling Fellowship by the Australian Academy of the Humanities. This helped fund a research trip to the UK in June-July 2012, for a research project on the intersection between national and border security in Britain in the 1970s.

If you have any connected research interests, please get in touch.

As well as academic research, I have a long-standing interest in DIY culture, particularly the creation of zines. I was an active zinester from 1997 to 2007 and one day, I would like to write some academic stuff on zines and zine history.

I have a very nerdy passion for music as well, which has informed some of my research on the intersections between politics and youth culture. For the record, my top ten albums of all time are (in no particular order):

The Smiths – The Queen is Dead

The Clash – The Clash

Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique

Atari Teenage Riot – Burn! Berlin, Burn!

New Order – Substance 1987

Belle and Sebastian – If You’re Feeling Sinister

Dead Kennedys – Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death

Xray Spex – Germ Free Adolescents

Bjork – Post

Iron Maiden – Iron Maiden

The header photo on the blog page is by Calamity_Hane: http://www.flickr.com/photos/calamity_hane/

4 responses to “About

  1. Pingback: Monday round-up: endless semester edition : Historiann : History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present

  2. Hello, just wanted to let you know that this is far and away the best blog description I have encountered in my long history of… reading blog descriptions. its so lovely to encounter academics who not only have similar research interests as me but also have the same passion for inter-Thatcher years UK bands and zine-making as I do. Best of luck to you, if you’re ever in Montreal, don’t be shy.

  3. Polly

    I have only just come across this excellent website and blog. I am not a historian, just an old grump but I needed to check on the three day week (yes I was there, trying to help during yet another energy crisis) and up came this “hatful”. I am sure I shall refer to this often, now that I have found it. Thank you for getting these facts about “recent now” onto the record in this way. I have already found further information I want to follow on here – about UK border control policies and enforcements.
    A very appreciative Polly

  4. Iron Maiden’s Iron Maiden: cracking album. Phantom of the Opera and Strange World are all time favourites of mine.

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